Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent Season at EPC

The night is nearly over. The day is almost here. Advent began Sunday, November 29. Here's what's in store for us from now till the end of the year.

BELIEVE Campaign.

We have completed the first ten weeks of BELIEVE, having heard and learned about the ten key beliefs of Christianity. Before we take up the ten key practices of Christians, Pastors Bruce and Pat will be taking a break from BELIEVE to bring us the messages and good news of Advent. 

The Adult Sunday School Classes, and the Men's Saturday Morning Bible Study group will continue to meet during Advent, digging even more deeply into the BELIEVE lessons already covered and to discuss key Christian beliefs specifically having to do with the Advent of Christ. 

Advent Sunday Worship Services.

Sunday Worship services on November  29, December 6, 13 and 20 will be be at the regular times, 8:30 and 10:30 am.

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be at 4 and 6 pm.*

Sunday, December 27, we will have a single, combined, year-end service at 10 am. There will be no potluck following the service. 

Saturday Evening Prayer & Communion Services.

Saturday Evening services December December 5 and 12 will be held at the regular time, 5:30 pm. 

Please note: Saturday Evening services will NOT be held November 28, December 19 and 26.

*Our choir will be performing an Easter Cantata on Palm Sunday, 2016, rather than a Christmas Cantata this year.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Youth Group to Hear Story of Courage and Perseverance

Come hear how Kevin Wolitzky has triumphed over quadriplegia. 

With God's help and a lot of perseverance, Kevin Wolitzky now has a great job, is married, raising a family and living in a nice house in the country, outside of Parker. Not bad for a guy who can't move his arms or his legs. 

An exceptional athlete in high school, Kevin received all-state honors in track and baseball. Though track was his passion, it was baseball that earned him a partial scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado. But he was there only two months before a crippling neck injury made him a C5 quad.

It took a while to get motivated again. Those first eight weeks in a halo were, "probably the worst of my life," Kevin said. But eventually he did return to school, graduate and secure a position with Raytheon Systems, a defense contractor. At Raytheon, he met and fell in love with Leda and the rest, as they say, is history. 

How does a guy like that find the peace of mind to cope with the "why-me's", stay optimistic and focus on the joys of life? Come find out Wednesday, August 12 at the gathering of The Youth Group. The group meets at Elizabeth Presbyterian Church, 325 South Banner Street in Elizabeth. 

There will be dinner at 5:30 p.m., and then Kevin will speak at 7:00. After dark there will be some fun activities to round out the evening. 

For more on The Youth Group, contact Tom "Elmoe" Olmos at 303-916-2521 or

Wendy Francisco to Play at Youth Gathering


Singer/songwriter/recording artist/author/illustrator Wendy Francisco will be playing at a gathering of The Youth Group on Wednesday evening, August 5. 

The group meets at Elizabeth Presbyterian Church, 325 South Banner Street in Elizabeth. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:00.

Wendy's involvement with music began at a young age. She learned guitar at eight and began to write her own songs. In 1979, she was signed to Sparrow Records, touring all over the U.S. and beyond. Much of Wendy's music and writings center around the belief that God is real and he loves people.

Recently, Wendy created the YouTube video "GoD and DoG" which went viral, receiving a million views in it's first 40 days. It was later published as a book.

To learn more about Wendy visit To learn more about The Youth Group, contact the group's fearless leader, Tom "Elmoe" Olmos at 303-916-2521 or

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Youth Mission Trip "Awesome"

Nine Young People Take to Streets in Denver Inner City 

Early on Monday, July 6, nine members of The Youth Group packed into a rented van* and headed to downtown Denver.

Working through the Center for Student Missions (, a group that has been putting young people to work in the inner city for many years, the mission began with a prayer tour of the city. At each stop -- Joshua Station, Wash Park, Denver Rescue Mission, Five Points, etc. -- the kids took turns praying for homeless people, runaway teens, women in crisis and the various ministries supporting these groups. 

The remainder of the first day they spent packing pallets of donated items at World Vision, meeting and socializing with seniors at the Senior Support Services facility, dining at a Peruvian restaurant, and finally bedding down at Corona Presbyterian Church.

Tuesday was a packed day, too, beginning at the Boys and Girls Club at Gilpin Elementary School, engaging with the children. In the afternoon, the group split into teams. Each team was given $8 and sent out to meet people on Colfax Avenue. The assignment: "meet a need." This was not about handing out money. They had to engage in meaningful conversation, discern a real need vs. a need for alcohol and drugs, then find a way to meet that need.

According to Tom and Polly Olmos, the adult supervisors on the trip, it was a real challenge. "The kids were amazing," said Tom who is director of youth ministries at Elizabeth Presbyterian Church. "The really connected with all the people we met." 

The kids will be telling their stories soon at each of their home churches. So stay tuned!

* If you know of a van that might be available for The Youth Group to use, please contact

Monday, April 13, 2015

Faith Comes Through for Rockies at Faith Day

35 EPC Fans Witness 17-7 Win for Rockies
and Great Concert by Michael W. Smith

Behind an emphatic 10-run third inning, the Rockies cruised to a 17-7 win and a series victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Faith Day, July 26th. With five home runs in all, two by Ben Paulsen, the Rocks made it a great day for Christians from all over the Rocky Mountain West. 

Following the game, strong testimonies by Rockies catcher Michael McKenry and pitching coach Steve Foster added to the thrill. Then came the concert by contemporary Christian music legend, Michael W. Smith. A large percentage of the crowd of 48,000 stayed to listen. And they weren't disappointed!

Smith, whose musical career has spanned three decades, has won three Grammy Awards, an American Music Award and 40 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. He has  29 No. 1 Hit songs, 14 gold albums and five platinum albums. His song "Friends" was named the No. 1 Song of All Time by CCM Magazine. His song "Healing Rain" is also an all-time favorite of many. 

Great things happen at Faith Day. Join us next year!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Don Francisco to Bring Gospel Alive at EPC

Don Francisco, in Concert 

with Wendy Francisco and Mike Banta 

Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Come hear gospel singer-songwriter Don Francisco bring Scripture alive as he and his wife Wendy, also a recording artist, and guitarist Mike Banta perform in concert at Elizabeth Presbyterian Church May 30.

Perhaps best known for "He's Alive" which won GMA Song of the Year in 1980, Francisco's
music has always focused on the forgiveness of a loving God. He is known worldwide for his ballads written from the point of view of Bible characters who were surprised by God's grace. "He's Alive" is written from the point of view of Peter just after the crucifixion of Jesus. 

Don is one of the pioneers of contemporary Christian music, having begun his recording career in the 70s. He has traveled worldwide and still writes and records in his own "Heart Rock Studios" here in Colorado.

And, of course, many of you know Mike Banta. EPC is blessed to have Mike and his wife Pam playing in our praise band at the 10:30 service on Sundays. Mike accompanies Don in concert around the country and the world.

For more on Don Francisco and to listen to some of his songs, visit

For directions to Elizabeth Presbyterian Church, click here. (To see a map, click the address on that page.) 

No admission will be charged. A love offering will be taken.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Registration Open for Team Zimbabwe Riders in June 7 Elephant Rock

The Elephant Rock: This year, ride it for Gaylord.  

And for the 1,000 other kids who need your help.

Team Zimbabwe (riding to benefit the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership) is getting ready to ride in the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, to be held in Castle Rock on June 7. 

By registering and riding for Team Zimbabwe, you'll be helping raise funds for food, school fees and medical support for nearly 1,000 orphans and desperate children who depend on Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care in rural Zimbabwe. 

This is Team Zimbabwe's sixth year riding in the Elephant Rock event, and it has been making a real difference in the lives of these children. 

So register now, secure your spot on the team, raise funds for the orphans, wear the jersey – and ride! We make it easy! To register, and find out more about the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership, visit

Saturday, January 24, 2015

CTI 14:21 Coming March 15

World-Touring CTI 14:21 to Stop in Elizabeth March 15

CTI 14:21, a world-touring rock band will be playing and giving their testimonies at a combined worship service at 10:00 a.m., and at a special youth event at 6:30 p.m.

Trained and mobilized by CTI Music Ministries ( ) these amazing young people have combined their common passion for music with their mutual desire to share the love of Christ to impact their generation around the United States and the world. 

This will be the third time a CTI group has come to EPC, and they're a sensation every time. Come hear and meet Kelvin Woo and Andrew Shermeyer on guitar, Kasey Manning on drums, Keilah Quimby and Lena Kvigne on vocals, Wesley Lin on keyboard and vocals, and Matt Celeste on bass. It will be well worth your time. 

The 10:00 a.m. worship time is a departure from the normal worship schedule at Elizabeth Presbyterian Church. Normally, there is an 8:30 traditional service and a 10:30 contemporary service. But on March 15 we'll all meet at 10:00 a.m. for just one great worship time together. 

There will be no potluck meal following the combined worship service. 

There will be a Saturday Evening Prayer & Communion Service on March 14 as usual. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Great New Bible Studies Going On at EPC

Two Sunday-Morning Adult Classes Wading Into Streams of Living Water

Streams – a video-based study built on Richard J. Foster's acclaimed book, is now being offered for both Sunday-morning adult study groups, at 9:15 and 10:15 in the manse. The 13-part curriculum helps Christians experience formation in Christlikeness through engagement with six great traditions of Christian life and faith. Pastor Bruce and Pat Russell did a sermon series on these traditions last summer. Now is your chance to go deeper, hear from Richard Foster, Dallas Willard and many other leaders in the spiritual formation movement, and learn about great men and women, both historic and contemporary, who have exemplified these traditions in their lives. If you would like to join one of these classes, please email Phil Wood at so materials can be ordered for you.

Saturday-Morning Men's Group Signs Up for Apprenticeship with Jesus

Are you ready to really live your faith? In his book, Apprenticeship with Jesus, Gary Moon is testing our willingness to be anything more than casual Christians. Through humorous and compelling stories, Scripture and exercises, Moon shows us how to be with Jesus, day in and day out, and bring our faith into real life. Be there, Saturday mornings at 7 am in the manse (BYO coffee) followed by breakfast with the boys at Los Volcanes. If you plan to join us, please email Phil Wood at